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public class DrawerLayout
extends ViewGroup

   ↳ android.view.View
     ↳ android.view.ViewGroup

DrawerLayout acts as a top-level container for window content that allows for interactive "drawer" views to be pulled out from one or both vertical edges of the window.

Drawer positioning and layout is controlled using the android:layout_gravity attribute on child views corresponding to which side of the view you want the drawer to emerge from: left or right (or start/end on platform versions that support layout direction.) Note that you can only have one drawer view for each vertical edge of the window. If your layout configures more than one drawer view per vertical edge of the window, an exception will be thrown at runtime.

To use a DrawerLayout, position your primary content view as the first child with width and height of match_parent and no layout_gravity>. Add drawers as child views after the main content view and set the layout_gravity appropriately. Drawers commonly use match_parent for height with a fixed width.

DrawerLayout.DrawerListener can be used to monitor the state and motion of drawer views. Avoid performing expensive operations such as layout during animation as it can cause stuttering; try to perform expensive operations during the STATE_IDLE state. DrawerLayout.SimpleDrawerListener offers default/no-op implementations of each callback method.

As per the Android Design guide, any drawers positioned to the left/start should always contain content for navigating around the application, whereas any drawers positioned to the right/end should always contain actions to take on the current content. This preserves the same navigation left, actions right structure present in the Action Bar and elsewhere.

For more information about how to use DrawerLayout, read Creating a Navigation Drawer.


Nested classes

interface DrawerLayout.DrawerListener

Listener for monitoring events about drawers. 

class DrawerLayout.LayoutParams


class DrawerLayout.SavedState

State persisted across instances  

class DrawerLayout.SimpleDrawerListener

Stub/no-op implementations of all methods of DrawerLayout.DrawerListener



The drawer is locked closed.


The drawer is locked open.


The drawer's lock state is reset to default.


The drawer is unlocked.


Indicates that a drawer is currently being dragged by the user.


Indicates that any drawers are in an idle, settled state.


Indicates that a drawer is in the process of settling to a final position.

Inherited constants

From class android.view.ViewGroup
From class android.view.View

Inherited fields

From class android.view.View

Public constructors

DrawerLayout(Context context)
DrawerLayout(Context context, AttributeSet attrs)
DrawerLayout(Context context, AttributeSet attrs, int defStyle)

Public methods

void addDrawerListener(DrawerLayout.DrawerListener listener)

Adds the specified listener to the list of listeners that will be notified of drawer events.

void addFocusables(ArrayList<View> views, int direction, int focusableMode)
void addView(View child, int index, ViewGroup.LayoutParams params)
void closeDrawer(View drawerView)

Close the specified drawer view by animating it into view.

void closeDrawer(int gravity)

Close the specified drawer by animating it out of view.

void closeDrawer(View drawerView, boolean animate)

Close the specified drawer view.

void closeDrawer(int gravity, boolean animate)

Close the specified drawer.

void closeDrawers()

Close all currently open drawer views by animating them out of view.

void computeScroll()
ViewGroup.LayoutParams generateLayoutParams(AttributeSet attrs)
float getDrawerElevation()

The base elevation of the drawer(s) relative to the parent, in pixels.

int getDrawerLockMode(int edgeGravity)

Check the lock mode of the drawer with the given gravity.

int getDrawerLockMode(View drawerView)

Check the lock mode of the given drawer view.

CharSequence getDrawerTitle(int edgeGravity)

Returns the title of the drawer with the given gravity.

Drawable getStatusBarBackgroundDrawable()

Gets the drawable used to draw in the insets area for the status bar.

boolean isDrawerOpen(View drawer)

Check if the given drawer view is currently in an open state.

boolean isDrawerOpen(int drawerGravity)

Check if the given drawer view is currently in an open state.

boolean isDrawerVisible(View drawer)

Check if a given drawer view is currently visible on-screen.

boolean isDrawerVisible(int drawerGravity)

Check if a given drawer view is currently visible on-screen.

void onDraw(Canvas c)
boolean onInterceptTouchEvent(MotionEvent ev)
boolean onKeyDown(int keyCode, KeyEvent event)
boolean onKeyUp(int keyCode, KeyEvent event)
void onRtlPropertiesChanged(int layoutDirection)